Nearing the end of our month of celebrations for the Arachneversary, our eighth anniversary, and a longer than average interview, with Liam Hogan. Liam talks about his collection Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed, and his prodigeous output, and his rejection rate! This was carried out over the phone, so we’ve added some footage from the book trailer and so on to add to the entertainment value, and finish up with a reading by Liam from Mechanical, one of the fantasy stories in HENG, that leans into steampunk, just a little, illustrated by Cherry Potts.
You can buy the book from our webshop, and if you are QUICK and get in before the end of August, you can get a discount – provided you use the code ARACHNEVERSARY at checkout.
On Saturday 30th September we are at Free Verse Poetry Book Fair at Conway Hall where we will have a stall all day, and are reading in the Red Lion Square garden cafe at 4.30, with Jeremy Dixon, Lisa Kelly and Sarah James.Experience a flush of openness in San Francisco, a long day on a till, an even longer night in a hotel, and time shifting about the three occupants of a house.
Followed on the Saturday Morning at 11am with a Children’s event in the Library, (Free) with The Old Woman From Friuli by Ghillian Potts being read by Tash Fairbanks, and a kind of demonstration of woodcut printing from Cherry Potts, because we couldn’t get hold of Ed Boxall, the illustrator of the book, to join us. No sharp objects will be let near children!
There we go. A reminder of what a lot of fun we had choosing locality appropriate stories.
You can by a copy of Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed direct and post free here, of if you are in Oxford I expect Dennis still has a couple in stock, or if you are going to Liars’ Leaguetonight, Liam will be there with a handful of books a pen for signing, and a hopeful expression.
the final take on Bad Day, with a little music from Annalie to top and tail it.
These are the final posts, from the final Story Session of the season.
We’ve made the decision to retire the Story Sessions as a regular thing – and it will only stick its nose out into the light (and inevitable rain – have we EVER done a session when it didn’t rain?) as part of festivals and if asked for – it is regretably too much work for far too little return even when part-funded by those nice people at the Arts Council (Thank you ACE, really). There are other things to get busy with. So Festival organisers – if you ask us, we will put together more sessions, but if you don’t, this is your lot!
Thanks to The Brockley Deli for hosting this season.
Readings in their basement – well lit, excellent acoustic, from Author Liam Hogan taking on health tips for Lycanthropes, out-of-hand artistic installations and the cliff hanger to end all cliff hangers, and Actor Carrie Cohen as the unflappable one woman emergency service, Mavis Ethelwright.